This article was updated at 10:23 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD — New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” juggernaut finally grabbed a big ring Sunday as “The Return of the King” won best drama in a four-for-four sweep at the 61st annual Golden Globes.
“Lost in Translation” took the top comedy/musical prize and two others: Bill Murray for actor and writer-director Sofia Coppola for screenplay. “Mystic River” was the only other multiple winner, with awards for actor Sean Penn and supporting actor Tim Robbins.
The field’s most-nominated pic, “Cold Mountain,” managed just one win out of eight chances, for Renee Zellweger’s supporting turn. “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and “The Last Samurai” were shut out.
Without any acting nominees or the chance for technical honors at the Globes, the Oscar future for “Rings” is uncertain. It is nonetheless significant that the top honor, which had eluded the past two installments despite nearly $2 billion in worldwide B.O., went to the franchise-ender.
Peter Jackson, flanked by his “Rings” team, offered a short, even anticlimactic speech typical of the by-the-numbers evening.
“I want to pay tribute to Professor Tolkien for his incredible work,” he said. He also acknowledged original rights holder Saul Zaentz, late production executive Carla Fry and Harvey Weinstein. The Miramax co-topper got an exec producer credit on the trilogy due to some early development work that happened under the company’s aegis.
Coppola and “Translation” producer Ross Katz were similarly buttoned down. The unusual reticence of the final two winners meant the show finished about five minutes early.
The night marked the first major litmus test of the Globes in the compressed awards calendar. Typically, the marble-and-gold awards are handed out by the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. while Oscar nomination ballots are still being completed. This year, they have long been mailed in; noms will be announced Tuesday morning.
Five weeks from now, after the Feb. 29 Oscars, the net effect of the Great Shuffle of ’04 will start to become clear. Debate has percolated for months about whether the Oscar move from its longstanding late-March berth, initiated to thwart usurpers of its golden throne, makes the Globes more or less important.
Traditionally embraced by Hollywood and viewers at home for their freewheeling nature, the Globes have become increasingly tame as the stakes and the TV ratings have risen. Aside from a few scattered bon mots, this year’s edition cruised along with hardly a hiccup save for a no-show by actor in a drama winner Penn.
Highlighting the night’s TV portion were two surprise wins by British mockumentary series “The Office” and another strong overall showing by HBO.
As for “Rings” helmer Jackson, he finally captured the director Globe. “I’d like to apologize to the Hollywood Foreign Press (Assn.) for dropping the standard on the red carpet,” Jackson quipped. “I didn’t realize seven years on these movies would turn me into a hobbit.”
Murray delivered the night’s most memorable speech, brimmed with sardonic barbs.
“You can all relax. I fired my agents a couple of months ago,” he joked, after numerous winners had thanked their reps to make up for Tim Robbins’ failure to do so.
“I would thank Universal and Focus,” Murray added, “except there are so many people trying to take credit for this, I wouldn’t know where to begin.”
Diane Keaton edged out Scarlett Johansson — double-nommed for “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in Translation” — for actress in a musical or comedy for romance “Something’s Gotta Give.” The film, which showed stamina in a grueling late-year marketplace by clearing $100 million domestically, paired her with Jack Nicholson.
The two, Keaton said, have a “combined age of 125.” She added: “Playing a woman in love at 57 was like reaching for the stars with a stepladder.”
Charlize Theron continued the momentum from the well-received December release of Newmarket’s “Monster,” winning actress in a drama. “I grew up on a farm in South Africa — this is insane!” she marveled before rushing through a list of names.
Robbins of “Mystic River” took the trophy for supporting actor to open the show.
“Clint, you are the man!” Robbins cried, indicating director Eastwood. “A good thing about this coming early is that I get to drink now.”
Eastwood later took the stage to accept Penn’s Globe, explaining the star was “terribly embarrassed not to be here. He’s got family business up north. He promises to be here next year to be a presenter of best newcomer in a comedy or drama.”
Closing in on $60 million at the domestic B.O., “Mystic” has been a rarity for Warner Bros.: an across-the-board Oscar heavyweight.
The 61st annual edition of the Globes was held Sunday at the Beverly Hilton. The evening is often viewed as an Oscar predictor, but it does not consistently deliver on that promise, partly because the Globes’ categories are split into comedy/musical and drama and no craft awards are given.
Last year, “Chicago” paved the way for an eventual Oscar best pic win by taking best pic (drama). “The Hours” was the other big winner that night, but won only one Oscar, for Nicole Kidman as actress. In 2002, only five of 13 film winners went on to win Oscars.
Michael Douglas received the Cecil B. DeMille Award Sunday night from Danny DeVito and Sharon Stone, who noting his father, Kirk, received the DeMille in 1968.
A clip reel of Michael Douglas roles played to the accompaniment of “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line” (he starred in the film).
After a minutelong standing ovation, Douglas praised the Globes’ combo of TV and film stars. He noted he got his start with the small screen’s “Streets of San Francisco,” hailing co-star Karl Malden as “a surrogate father.”
NBC broadcast the event, which was produced by Dick Clark Prods. in association with the HFPA. Dick Clark and Barry Adelman were exec producers; Ken Shapiro was producer; Ron Weed was co-producer.
Lily Costner, 17, was Miss Golden Globes.
PICTURE – DRAMA
WINNER: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (New Line), Wingnut Films
“Cold Mountain” (Miramax), Mirage Enterprises/Bona Fide Prods.
“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (Twentieth Century Fox/Miramax/Universal), Twentieth Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax Films
“Mystic River” (WB/Village Roadshow), Warner Bros. Pictures
“Seabiscuit” (Universal/DreamWorks/Spyglass), Larger Than Life/Kennedy-Marshall Prods.
ACTRESS – DRAMA
WINNER: Charlize Theron, “Monster”
Cate Blanchett, “Veronica Guerin”
Nicole Kidman, “Cold Mountain”
Scarlett Johansson, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
Uma Thurman, “Kill Bill Vol. 1”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Thirteen”
ACTOR – DRAMA
WINNER: Sean Penn, “Mystic River”
Russell Crowe, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”
Tom Cruise, “The Last Samurai”
Ben Kingsley, “House of Sand and Fog”
Jude Law, “Cold Mountain”
PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: “Lost in Translation” (Focus), American Zoetrope/Elemental Films
“Bend it Like Beckham” (Fox Searchlight), Kintop Pictures
“Big Fish” (Sony), Columbia Pictures
“Finding Nemo” (Buena Vista), Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios
“Love Actually” (Universal/Studiocanal), Working Title/DNA Films
ACTRESS – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: Diane Keaton, “Something’s Gotta Give”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Freaky Friday”
Scarlett Johansson, “Lost in Translation”
Diane Lane, “Under the Tuscan Sun”
Helen Mirren, “Calendar Girls”
ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: Bill Murray, “Lost in Translation”
Jack Black, “School of Rock”
Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jack Nicholson, “Something’s Gotta Give”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Bad Santa”
WINNER: Peter Jackson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Sofia Coppola, “Lost in Translation”
Clint Eastwood, “Mystic River”
Anthony Minghella, “Cold Mountain”
Peter Weir, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: “Osama” (Afghanistan), Barmak (United Artists/MGM)
“The Barbarian Invasions” (Canada), Cinemaginaire/Pyramide (Miramax)
“Good Bye, Lenin!” (Germany), X Filme Creative Pool/WDR (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Monsieur Ibrahim” (France), ARP/France 3/Canal+ (Sony Pictures Classics)
“The Return” (Russia), RenFilm (Intercinema Art Agency)
WINNER: Renee Zellweger, “Cold Mountain”
Maria Bello, “The Cooler”
Patricia Clarkson, “Pieces of April”
Hope Davis, “American Splendor”
Holly Hunter, “Thirteen”
WINNER: Tim Robbins, “Mystic River”
Alec Baldwin, “The Cooler”
Albert Finney, “Big Fish”
William H. Macy, “Seabiscuit”
Peter Sarsgaard, “Shattered Glass”
Ken Watanabe, “The Last Samurai”
WINNER: Sofia Coppola, “Lost In Translation”
Richard Curtis, “Love Actually”
Brian Helgeland, “Mystic River”
Anthony Minghella, “Cold Mountain”
Jim Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan, “In America”
WINNER: Howard Shore, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Alexandre Desplat, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
Danny Elfman, “Big Fish”
Gabriel Yared, “Cold Mountain”
Hans Zimmer, “The Last Samurai”
WINNER: “Into the West”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” – Music & Lyrics by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh, Annie Lennox
“The Heart of Every Girl”, “Mona Lisa Smile” – Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
“Man of the Hour”, “Big Fish” – Music & Lyrics by Eddie Vedder
“Time Enough for Tears”, “In America” – Music & Lyrics by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer
“You Will Be My Ain True Love”, “Cold Mountain” – Music & Lyrics by Sting
TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
WINNER: “24” (Fox), Imagine TV & 20th Century Fox TV i.a.w. Real Time Prods.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (CBS), Alliance Atlantis Prod. i.a.w. CBSP
“Nip/Tuck” (FX), The Shephard/Robin Co. i.a.w. WB TV
“Six Feet Under” (HBO), HBO
“The West Wing” (NBC), John Wells Prods. i.a.w. WB TV
ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
WINNER: Frances Conroy, “Six Feet Under”
Jennifer Garner, “Alias”
Allison Janney, “The West Wing”
Joely Richardson, “Nip/Tuck”
Amber Tamblyn“Joan of Arcadia”
ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
WINNER: Anthony LaPaglia, “Without a Trace”
Michael Chiklis, “The Shield”
William Peterson, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
Martin Sheen, “The West Wing”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24”
TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: “The Office” (BBC America), BBC/BBC America
“Arrested Development” (Fox), 20th Century Fox TV i.a.w. Imagine TV
“Monk” (USA), Mandeville Films i.a.w. Touchstone TV
“Sex and the City” (HBO), HBO
“Will & Grace” (NBC), KoMut Entertainment i.a.w. Three Sister and NBC Studios
ACTRESS IN TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City”
Bonnie Hunt, “Life with Bonnie”
Reba McEntire, “Reba”
Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”
Bitty Schram, “Monk”
Alicia Silvestone, “Miss Match”
ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
WINNER: Ricky Gervais, “The Office”
Matt LeBlanc, “Friends”
Bernie Mac, “The Bernie Mac Show”
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: “Angels in America” (HBO), HBO
“My House in Umbria” (HBO), HBO
“Normal” (HBO), HBO
“Soldier’s Girl” (Showtime), Bachrach/Gottlieb Prod.
“Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” (Showtime), Showtime
ACTRESS, MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Meryl Streep, “Angels in America”
Judy Davis, “The Reagans”
Jessica Lange, “Normal”
Helen Mirren, “Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone”
Maggie Smith, “My House in Umbria”
ACTOR, MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Al Pacino, “Angels in America”
Antonio Banderas, “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself”
James Brolin, “The Reagans”
Troy Garity, “Soldier’s Girl”
Tom Wilkinson, “Normal”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Mary Louise Parker, “Angels in America”
Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”
Kirstin Davis, “Sex and the City”
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”
Cynthia Nixon, “Sex and the City”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
WINNER: Jeffrey Wright, “Angels in America”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
Lee Pace, “Soldier’s Girl”
Ben Shenkman, “Angels in America”
Patrick Wilson, “Angels in America”